hemi·​stich ˈhe-mi-ˌstik How to pronounce hemistich (audio)
: half a poetic line of verse usually divided by a caesura

Word History


Latin hemistichium, from Greek hēmistichion, from hēmi- + stichos line, verse; akin to Greek steichein to go — more at stair

First Known Use

1575, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hemistich was in 1575

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Cite this Entry

“Hemistich.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemistich. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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